WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 10: Bradley Beal # 3 of the Washington Wizards slips while dribbling around Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell # 45 In the first half at Capital One Arena on January 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO THE USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, they agree to the terms of the Getty Images- License agrees agreement Rob Carr / Getty Images / AFP
Croatian international Bojan Bogdanovic scored 31 points when Utah Jazz won his ninth consecutive game with 127-116 against the Washington Wizards on Sunday.
Frenchman Rudy Gobert ended the season with 21 points and 14 rebounds, one of half a dozen players who ended in double digits for Utah and improved from 27 to 12 over the season.
The Jazz strengthened their defense in the second half to exclude the wizards from the game, and then pulled them out in the final quarter.
Jordan Clarkson dropped 23 points and Joe Ingles was 20 for jazz, who has played 14-1 in the last 15 games.
Gobert made three dunks over a two-minute distance after Washington cut the deficit to 111-108 after Bradley Beal drove 3:32 minutes before the American.
Beal scored 25 points to lead the wizards. Davis Bertans scored 18 points, Jordan McRae 16 and Ian Mahinmi 15 for the Wizards, who lost for the second time in five games.
Beal was back in the lineup after missing several games with injuries.
Donovan Mitchell of Jazz missed his first game of the season when he recovered from an illness.
In New York, Taj Gibson achieved a clutch free throw with a 98 second lead to finally secure New York in the lead. The Knicks dashed back 14 points in the second half and defeated Miami Heat 124-121.
Julius Randle achieved a game-high 26-point result and led seven players in the double-digit range for the Knicks, who left a losing streak of five games behind.
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